Well, this is...odd. To say the least. Tonight, Negri Electronics, which is a well-respected and reputable dealer in consumer electronics, tweeted the picture of a partially-unboxed Galaxy Note 10.1, claiming that the device "Ships 8/3", and included the hashtag "#beforefirst." It's a little unclear what "#beforefirst" means. Maybe Negri gets to ship the product before everyone else? Or is it that pre-orders are starting? You can pre-order on Negri's site right now, so maybe that's it. However, the ship date of tomorrow sounds, well, sudden.


For starters, there are not one but two Samsung events coming up in the near future. At least one of them is explicitly Note-related. We've been hearing about this slate since February, and in that time, it's gone through one or more hardware revisions and quite a few delays. It would certainly be unprecedented if a single retailer like Negri got exclusive rights to ship a major flagship device like this ahead of more recognizable brands like Best Buy or Amazon. Even more unprecedented would be shipping the device with nary an announcement of the launch at all. Especially with so many good opportunities to do so on the horizon.

It could be true. It could be a mistake (social network managers for companies have been known to do that). It could be part of a larger tease we don't yet fully understand. Suffice to say, though, whatever the truth is, we'll find out about it on August 3rd. Which is minutes away.

Source: Negri Electronics, Twitter

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://www.facebook.com/normanpefarmer Norman Paul-Eric Farmer

    I hope it's true. I couldn't afford one if it was twenty dollars, but I hope it's true!

  • http://www.facebook.com/YAYSAVERGN Eric James Salcido

    This would be nice. Imagine new devices coming out long before you expect them to? Man. That would be nice. I'm sure most of the days/months before the release is just legal mumbo jumbo anyway. I hope it's true.

  • http://twitter.com/TheMuffStuff Danny B

    Well respected? Negri is a piece of shit outlet no one likes, and does shady business.

  • Himmat Singh

    I don't actually think that Samsung will make a huge announcement regarding the Note 10.1's release in the US. After all, we already know about it's existence. A smaller press conference (or none at all) would have sufficed.

    Having said that, I am certain one of the event will be about Note II (the one in Germany). The second is probably about the mythical 11.6 or 11.8-inch slate. Just my thoughts.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Pretty sure August 15th event is exactly for the Note 10.1. Could be wrong though, but it's very likely.

  • http://mitchs.co Mitch Samuels

    Holy shit, $750?

    God damn.

    • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

      I said the same thing when I clicked the source link.

  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    Negri lie all of the time and have outburst on Twitter with anyone who claims they cheated. A "winner" tweeted something their twitter account should have, but before it actually tweeted it and ooops, won. I can imagine it's trying to get a quick buck!!

  • Daniel McDermott

    Negi has jumped the gun before on other devices as well. For a couple days a few months ago they said the Huawei Ascend D Quad was available and in-stock, so I ordered right away. I went to do some more reading about the phone, because I had no idea it was releasing so suddenly, and there was news plastered everywhere that the phone was delayed till July/August, the same day Negri claimed it to be in-stock. Luckily they cancelled my order of something that did not yet exist.

  • http://twitter.com/AthoraX athorax

    Negri is a sham. Terrible company.

  • CeluGeek

    I don't know who this Negri dude (or chick) is, but darn those prices are way too fricking expensive! Not necessarily the Galaxy Note pricing -- after all 3G-enabled tablets do cost more than Wi-Fi only tablets, but I've seen Negri Electronics selling AT&T or T-Mobile phones for a lot more than what you'd pay buying them at no-commitment price from the carrier.

    • Steve Freeman

      ...it's a company. Not a dude.

  • http://twitter.com/epicelric Ronaldo Verta

    Looks like sammy has been making a lot of tablet news lately, huh? i wouldnt mind jumping on that android tablet.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Quit spamming your site TheAndroidArcade all the time.

  • rayvhie